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BOZICH | Another Top 25 snub for Cards; Football love for UK, IU

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Exchanging my seven iron for a chinstrap:

*I keep waiting for the University of Louisville football team to land in somebody's pre-season Top 25.

The Cards did finish 15th in the final AP and coaches' polls last season after winning a dozen games and losing only once. I'd be surprised if Bobby Petrino's dazzling offense did not rank in the Top 25 in the nation in most categories, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham talked confidently about the defense at Media Day Saturday.

But my search continues.

Scout has released its Top 25. No Louisville.

In fact, only two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are ranked – Florida State (1) and Clemson (20). Notre Dame, an ACC basketball member that sits on Louisville's schedule, is ranked 16th.

Other than that? Nothing.

Just the usual overflow crowd of SEC schools – Alabama (2), Auburn (4), South Carolina (8), Georgia (10), LSU (15), Ole Miss (19), Missouri (22) and Florida (25).

*Scout does, however, pick Louisville to finish third in the Atlantic Division of the ACC – and identifies the Cards as the sleeper team of the league, a squad that will upset either Clemson or Florida State.

Scout's prediction?

"Bobby Petrino will lead the Cards to a victory in one of those (two) games and to a fourth (actually it would be fifth) straight bowl game."

Next question: If that's the case, won't Louisville be ranked in the Top 25?

*Kentucky freshman defensive lineman Matt Elam will have to stuff a few quarterbacks into the Commonwealth Stadium turf before I'm ready to proclaim him the next great thing.

But Elam is already bringing more juice (and web hits) to the Kentucky football program. LostLetterman.com, a popular college sports site, ranks its Top 10 stories every week.

The winner last week was a post about Elam, UK's mammoth (6 feet 7, 375 pound) defensive tackle who chose to play for Mark Stoops of Kentucky instead of Nick Saban at Alabama. (Click here.)

In fact, the story on Elam won the Most Viewed title over a story about Alabama football, another piece about Louisville halfback Michael Dyer as well as a story about Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly arrived at practice on horseback.

Consider that a victory for Kentucky and Stoops.

*For Indiana football, the challenge is often to turn a tease into a triumph. Here is another reason to wonder if the Hoosiers can make the climb from five victories to bowl eligibility this season:

USA Today has ranked the Top 10 combinations at quarterback, running back and receiver this season. Indiana's trio of Nate Sudfeld (QB), Tevin Coleman (HB) and Shane Wynn (WR) ranks third. (Click here.)

That's third in the nation, not third in the Big Ten.

The leader is the Baylor trio of Bryce Petty, Shock Linwood and Antwan Goodley. The runner-up group plays at Florida State – Jameis Winston, Karlos Williams, Rashad Greene.

The Hoosiers are next. That's different. Consider that a win for Kevin Wilson and Indiana.

Here is the complete Top 10: 1. Baylor; 2. Florida State; 3. Indiana, USC (tied); 5. Houston; 6. Arizona State; 7. Michigan State; 8. Northwestern; 9. Auburn; 10. Utah.

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